The Streets' Mike Skinner: 'The soap opera of life is happening on our phones'
In the early to mid-2000s, as UK Garage* began to morph into different genres like Dubstep and UK Funky, Birmingham native Mike Skinner established The Streets in the British charts thanks to his savvy production and astute depictions of the lives of young Brits. "Let's Push Things Forward" or "Fit But You Know It" became mini-anthems in themselves while other tracks like "Dry Your Eyes" pulled on many a heart string.
"None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive" is The Streets' first offering in nearly a decade, with every track featuring guest appearances ranging from rising British singers and rappers like Ms Banks and Jimothy Lacoste to Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. Punk tones served up by Bristol favourites Idles are also present.
FRANCE 24 caught up with The Streets' mastermind to discuss this mixtape which includes his trademark depictions of human interactions today and infectious breaks and beats.
We also check out new releases by Disclosure, Massive Attack and Jeanne Added.
*Electro breakbeat R'n'B sound that emerged in the early to mid-1990s.
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